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2004-12-16, 08:08
I guess my issue is cost. My music server has only one purpose, serve
music. The fact that its on a power hungry server , and my being a first
time home owner, i really can't afford to have it running 24/7. So I
shut it down when I'm not listening to anything.

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Aaron Zinck
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 9:40 AM
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Not sure is this is where I do functionality request


1. While I don't know the constraints of your setup, I know that I
(and
most people running slimserver) prefer to keep the machine on all the
time
so that we can listen to music whenever we'd like (and for many of us
that
server does a lot of other duties, as well).

2. Take a look at this recent thread which discusses this:
http://lists.slimdevices.com/archives/discuss/2004-December/039876.html


<Emile_Weekes (AT) Dell (DOT) com> wrote in message
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>
>
> I just have a couple wishes for upcoming versions of SlimServer.
>
> 1) The ability to remotely shut down the computer/server where my
music
> is being streamed from. Saves me running down to the basement to when
I
> done listening to music.
>
> 1) The ability to browse different drives. Since my music files are
> split between seven drives, drive 1 is A - B, drive 2 is C - D, etc.
As
> far as I can tell now. I have to log into the server and change the
> location, drive 1, or 2, etc, of where my music files are stored.
>
> Thank you for any suggestions.
>
> Emile

Aaron Zinck
2004-12-16, 10:00
Your question prompted me to do a little searching. Certainly a little math
and some knowledge of your utility company's rates could yield the answer,
or you Brits could check out this site:
http://www.ukpower.co.uk/running-costs-elec.asp which will at least yield a
ballpark figure. Looks like a computer, if constantly drawing 300 watts,
will cost you about 144 pounds to run for the year.



"Simon Turner" <simon (AT) brighton (DOT) co.uk> wrote in
message news:NPECJJJDLMNOCHEAFOLEKEJBFOAA.simon (AT) brighton (DOT) co.uk...
> > I guess my issue is cost. My music server has only one purpose, serve
> > music. The fact that its on a power hungry server , and my being a first
> > time home owner, i really can't afford to have it running 24/7. So I
> > shut it down when I'm not listening to anything.
>
> Has anyone ever figured out how much leaving on a PC for a year (not with
> screen). I was under the impression that mine cost me under 25 UK pounds a
> year.. or as a comparsion.... less than 10 pints of beer per year.
>
> Simon Turner
> Brighton UK
>
>
>
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> >
[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On
Behalf Of Aaron Zinck
> > Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 9:40 AM
> > To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> > Subject: [slim] Not sure is this is where I do functionality request
> >
> >
> > 1. While I don't know the constraints of your setup, I know that I
> > (and
> > most people running slimserver) prefer to keep the machine on all the
> > time
> > so that we can listen to music whenever we'd like (and for many of us
> > that
> > server does a lot of other duties, as well).
> >
> > 2. Take a look at this recent thread which discusses this:
> > http://lists.slimdevices.com/archives/discuss/2004-December/039876.html
> >
> >
> > <Emile_Weekes (AT) Dell (DOT) com> wrote in message
> >
news:319871F6812FE54F93DD30923C878B9E9C3A17 (AT) yyzx2kmtor101 (DOT) yyz.amer.dell.
> > com...
> > >
> > >
> > > I just have a couple wishes for upcoming versions of SlimServer.
> > >
> > > 1) The ability to remotely shut down the computer/server where my
> > music
> > > is being streamed from. Saves me running down to the basement to when
> > I
> > > done listening to music.
> > >
> > > 1) The ability to browse different drives. Since my music files are
> > > split between seven drives, drive 1 is A - B, drive 2 is C - D, etc.
> > As
> > > far as I can tell now. I have to log into the server and change the
> > > location, drive 1, or 2, etc, of where my music files are stored.
> > >
> > > Thank you for any suggestions.
> > >
> > > Emile
> >
> >
> >
> >

Aaron Zinck
2004-12-16, 14:44
Agreed--and individual users would have to do their own calculations per
their personal hardware setup, I was just shooting for a baseline ballpark
figure that could be easily scaled. While clearly a typical, idle (or near
idle) computer probably doesn't draw 300 watts, I'm curious if anyone has
done any figures on their setups--what're some typical energy usage figures?


"Kevin Walsh" <kevin (AT) cursor (DOT) biz> wrote in
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> Aaron Zinck [azinck3 (AT) ufl (DOT) edu] wrote:
> > Your question prompted me to do a little searching. Certainly a little
> > math and some knowledge of your utility company's rates could yield the
> > answer, or you Brits could check out this site:
> > http://www.ukpower.co.uk/running-costs-elec.asp which will at least
yield
> > a ballpark figure. Looks like a computer, if constantly drawing 300
> > watts, will cost you about 144 pounds to run for the year.
> >
> You're assuming that a PSU rated at 300 watts will make use of all 300
> watts 24 hours per day, every day. I think you'll find that the actual
> usage will be a fraction of that amount - even when switched on 24x7.
>
> Well, unless you're hammering your disks and searching for aliens in
> your machine's "downtime", that is. :-)
>
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Manu
2004-12-17, 03:49
Well, I've put a watt meter between my PC and the power outlet, so I
can see exactly what the usage is. The machine is a p4 2.6 with 1GB of
DDR RAM, two harddisks, a keyboard (no mouse or monitor), and a PVR
card (the machine is used as slimserver and mythtv front/backend and
some other convenience services such as CVS and a small personal
webserver). During startup, it takes about 140 watt, and during
'normal' working/idling, it consumes about 80/81 watt... (I measured it
for a whole typical day for the most accurate figure)

Seems reasonable enough for me for all the functionality it is offering
me. On a yearly basis, it would add +/- 90 euro's on my electrical
bill...

--manu.

On 16 Dec 2004, at 22:44, Aaron Zinck wrote:

> Agreed--and individual users would have to do their own calculations
> per
> their personal hardware setup, I was just shooting for a baseline
> ballpark
> figure that could be easily scaled. While clearly a typical, idle (or
> near
> idle) computer probably doesn't draw 300 watts, I'm curious if anyone
> has
> done any figures on their setups--what're some typical energy usage
> figures?
>
>
> "Kevin Walsh" <kevin (AT) cursor (DOT) biz> wrote in
> message
> news:
> 003301c4e3ac$59208500$020110ac (AT) majestic (DOT) internal.office.cursor.biz...
>> Aaron Zinck [azinck3 (AT) ufl (DOT) edu] wrote:
>>> Your question prompted me to do a little searching. Certainly a
>>> little
>>> math and some knowledge of your utility company's rates could yield
>>> the
>>> answer, or you Brits could check out this site:
>>> http://www.ukpower.co.uk/running-costs-elec.asp which will at least
> yield
>>> a ballpark figure. Looks like a computer, if constantly drawing 300
>>> watts, will cost you about 144 pounds to run for the year.
>>>
>> You're assuming that a PSU rated at 300 watts will make use of all 300
>> watts 24 hours per day, every day. I think you'll find that the
>> actual
>> usage will be a fraction of that amount - even when switched on 24x7.
>>
>> Well, unless you're hammering your disks and searching for aliens in
>> your machine's "downtime", that is. :-)